Biggest Waste Ever: The Huge Money Spent on Hollywood Weddings and Other Parties
June 30, 2008
While most people would spend a good portion of their savings on a wedding (which makes sense if you’re a middle class American), the rich and famous choose to spend the same portion of money on their weddings. This decision, in some cases, can be well over a million dollars. Here are ten of the most ridiculously expensive weddings and other events people pay for:
Event: Sweet Sixteen
Location: San Francisco, CA
Nicole lives in both Hawaii and San Francisco and is obsessed with Christian Dior. Because of her obsession, she and her family decided to throw a French themed super sweet sixteen. The super sweet sixteen was outfitted with dancers that performed as though they had been with Cirque Du Soleil and rapper Keak da Sneak.Nicole was also undeservingly awarded a brand new white BMW.And the cost of this super sweet sixteen? $200,000.00.This event was filmed by MTV’s hit show Super Sweet Sixteen
Location: Miami, FL
A quinceanera is a party usually celebrated by 15 year old Hispanic girls of their coming of age as a woman.These types of events are more than your average 15 year olds birthday party. But in the case of Janelle, it was much more than your average wedding.Janelle got to design her own dress, which she wore to a fully catered event with a very hefty price tag. The bill for this event, $125,000.00.
- Tori Spelling & Charlie Shanian
Location: Los Angeles, CA
The heiress Tori Spelling married actor Charlie Shanian at her mother’s mega mansion in Los Angeles in 2004.Spelling looked nothing short of extravagant in a Badgley Mischka gown with beaded crystals; she accessorized the gown with a diamond encrusted headband.Of course, her cast mates Jason Priestley and Jennie Garth, from 90210 were there to support her.
The total cost for Tori and Charlie’s wedding ran around $1 million dollars. For Mega Rich families like the Spellings, this amount is nothing but a drop in the bucket.
- Donald Trump & Model Melania Knauss
Location: Bethesda by the Sea Episcopalian Church & Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida
Donald Trump is no stranger to weddings; he has been married three times.Trump first married Ivana Zelnickova, then Marla Maples and finally in 2005, he married Melania Knauss.The two tied the knot in Trumps Mar-A-Lago Club in Palm Beach, FL. The bride wore a satin, crystal beaded Christian Dior gown with a 50 pound train.
The estimated cost for this event was $1 million dollars. Undoubtedly the couple could have spent far more. It makes one wonder, in this instance, if the Donald could have possibly accounted for the extravagant wedding gifts in his pre-nup.
- Aguilera & Bratman
Location: The Staglin Family Vineyard in Napa Valley, CA
Christina Aguilera sure went big on her wedding in California to longtime love Jordan Bratman.She spent $2 Million on this Spanish styled event on a romantic Californian vineyard.The Diva Christina wore a Christian Lacroix gown that was shown off in a winter themed tent decorated with white roses and hanging crystals.
Who would have thought this former Genie in a bottle had such a huge pocketbook.
- Tom Cruise & Katie Holmes
Location: A 15th-century Odescalchi Castle outside Rome, Italy
Katie Holmes did not hold back on her gown of choice which was a special-made, one of a kind, Georgio Armani, Ivory silk gown.The guests were indulgent in a five-tiered, white chocolate wedding cake covered with marzipan roses.This event cost about $2 million dollars to put on.
The most spectacular part of the event, however, was probably its secrecy, and privacy that was offered to the couple as they confirmed their very controversial coupling.
- Beyonce & Jay-Z
Location: Paris, France
Beyonce Knowles, who was 24 at the time and Jay-Z, who was 36 at the time of marriage paid an estimated $3 million dollars for their French wedding.It’s been previously reported that they’ve spent upwards of $300,000.00 on the caviar alone for this event.Beyonce and Jay-Z had celebrities in the audience such as Oprah Winfrey and U.N. head Kofi Anna.
As some of the top producing artists in R&B and Hip Hop, a wedding like this seems almost appropriate, although it’s difficult to understand how 1/10 of a wedding expense could be spent on fish eggs.
- Paul McCartney & Heather Mills
This three hundred person event reportedly cost 3.2 million dollars and just as the money was short lived on the day of the wedding, so was their marriage.Heather Mills and Paul McCartney went through a nasty divorce which had Mills anxiously trying to steal money from the Beatles star because they lacked a prenuptial agreement!
- Liza Minnelli & David Gest
Location: New York City
Even though these two have recently divorced, they threw one of the costliest celebrity weddings of all time.The 1500 person guest list included Anthony Hopkins, Michael Douglas, Elton John, Diane Sawyer, and Barbara Walters just to name a few.The price tag for this wedding ran a staggering 3.5 million dollars.
- Vanisha & Amit Bhatia
Location: Paris, France
Vanisha Mittal is the daughter of the Indian steel mogul, Lakshmi Mittal, who is one of the top five richest people in the world according to Forbes.Vanisha married Amit Bhatia, who was born in New Delhi and works in London as an investment banker.When it was time for the two to tie the knot, Vanisha’s father didn’t hold back on the financial side of the event. It has been reported that the lavish, five-star, Parisian wedding cost around 60 million dollars.
One would think that this amount is exorbitant but when your father’s net worth is 50 Billion+, I guess this 60 million dollar wedding is normal.